Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
The Dyson School logo
Established 1909
Location Ithaca, New York, USA
School Director Loren Tauer
Affiliations Cornell University

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is a unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dyson houses Cornell's undergraduate business school as well as graduate education in applied economics. The school focuses on business, agribusiness, and applied economics, offering a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management and three graduate degrees, M.S., M.P.S. and Ph.D, in Applied Economics and Management. The department has 38 faculty members teaching 90 graduate students and 700 undergraduates. The program was originally named the Department of Agricultural Economics, was renamed Applied Economics and Management in 2002, and was renamed most recently in 2010 in honor of Charles H. Dyson following a US$25 million donation by his family, including son John S. Dyson, '65.


The Dyson School is primarily housed in Warren Hall.

The department offers one undergraduate major, Applied Economics and Management, which is an AACSB accredited undergraduate business program, one of only two in the Ivy League.[1] In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dyson's business program #10 in its 2011 rankings of top undergraduate business programs.[2] In addition, BusinessWeek's 2012 "Best Undergraduate Business Schools" rankings placed Cornell as the third best program in the country (moving up two places from the 2011 ranking). Historically, the program has undergone a series of developments regarding the focus of its studies. Originally conceived as an agriculturally-centered program, it has developed over the years to focus on both resource economics and applied economics.

Undergraduate students may choose one of ten specializations: Accounting, Agribusiness Management, Applied Economics, Entrepreneurship, Environmental and Resource Economics, Finance, Food Industry Management, International Trade and Development, Marketing, and Strategy. Graduate students may choose from two subject areas: Agricultural Economics and Resource Economics.

Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[3] 3
U.S. News & World Report[4] 9

In the Fall of 2012, the school had 91 incoming freshmen, 48 transfers from outside Cornell, and 39 intra-Cornell transfers. The admittance rate for freshmen, being one of the most selective at Cornell University, was 9%.[5]


The program is endowed by a $25 million gift from the Dyson family. It also receives annual state appropriations through the SUNY budget. As is the case with all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in-state students pay a lower tuition than do out-of-state students. The program is based in Warren Hall which is owned and maintained by New York State. The unit also helps provide farms and businesses in New York with useful information regarding agricultural economics as a part of Cornell's cooperative extension program. The school publishes an annual New York Economic Handbook as well as Extension Bulletins[6]

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